Last week, the governor of Hadramout, Major General Faraj Salmeen Al Bahsani, announced the start of an offensive against Al Qaida
hideouts in Al Mousaini valley, west of the city of Al Mukalla, the capital of Hadramout.
The verdict came after about six hours of deliberation over two days in the case against Kuwaiti imam Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, the highest-ranking al Qaida
figure to face trial on US soil since the attacks.
The high alert in Yemen came after authorities revealed an al Qaida
plot to target foreign embassies and international shipping lanes in the Red Sea.
The US sees the Yemen-based al Qaida
in the Arabian Peninsula, or Aqap, as the most dangerous offshoot of the terror network.
gave no details about the selection process but said that it was the best tribute to the memory of its "martyrs".
The United States and Britain are teaming up to help Yemen, which is facing an armed rebellion in the north and increasing separation sentiments in the south in addition to this open war with Al Qaida
US and Iraqi forces were raiding a suspected al Qaida
hideout north of Baghdad when they came across the five video tapes.
The killing of such a major al Qaida
figure is likely to embarrass Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, who has repeatedly said he would not sanction US military action against al Qaida
members believed to be regrouping in the wild borderlands near Afghanistan.
Facing eroding support for his Iraq policy, even among Republicans, President Bush on Thursday called al Qaida
"the main enemy" in Iraq, an assertion rejected by his administration's senior intelligence analysts.
Dr Gunaratna,author of Inside al Qaeda, Global Network of Terror, said: ``Certainly it is the work either of al Qaida
or a group associated with al Qaida
Linking Iran with Al Qaida
is one of the most effective ways, in the present global climate to link the country with terrorism.
ABOUT 50 al Qaida
fighters hiding in eastern Afghanistan's White Mountains have been captured during heavy combat but there is still no sign of Osama bin Laden, US military officials said today.